Book Reviews – From Stalingrad to Berlin, The Illustrated Edition

B1953

Having read all of the information, the reader will have a well-grounded 
understanding of a conflict on a scale at least equal to the bitter trench 
warfare of WWI. There is probably no other book that achieves this for 
what was a critical part of the conflict that the Germans began in 1939.

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NAME: From Stalingrad to Berlin, The Illustrated Edition
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 220414
FILE: R1953
AUTHOR: Earl Zeimke
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 650
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:
Great Patriotic War, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, 1939-1945, Eastern Front, retreat from Moscow, tactics, strategy, politics, campaigns, battles, conditions
ISBN: 1-78346-247-7 IMAGE: B1953.jpg 
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DESCRIPTION: The war on the Eastern Front during WWII/Great Patriotic War was an epic conflict that cost millions of lives and enslaved Eastern and Central Europe after 1946. It is also a part of the global conflict that has received relatively little coverage in English-speaking published works. This is due to a number of factors, but notably to the Cold War that developed from 1945. This meant that the Soviet regime strictly controlled published material from the Russian perspective, avoided mention of the illegal retention of German POWs in Soviet slave labour camps into the 1950s, and Western publishers concentrated on works what saw WWII from a Western perspective and wished to play down the alliance with the Soviets who had become the new enemy. This book provides a detailed account of the series of battles that followed the German defeat at Stalingrad and the inevitable retreat into Germany. Every battle was bitterly fought and the Germans faced declining resources as the Soviets enjoyed increasing resources that included generous aid from the Western Allies as they provided a stream of convoys through massive German attacks into Murmansk. The author has provided not only well-researched facts, but conveyed the immense scale of a conflict that lasted for almost for years at a cost of more than 8 million civilian lives and more than 15 million military personnel. In addition, millions of German soldiers were captured and sent to slave labour camps, many dying in the process, and the deaths continued until the last POWs were returned reluctantly by the Soviets in the early 1950s The author has covered all of the key factors, campaigns, battles, strategies, tactics, organizations and people. There is a high standard of illustration through the text, with reproduction of photographs and maps. The writing style avoids the tendency of major histories to produce dry text and the book can be read effectively by a wide range of reader skills, from the young novice through the many levels of enthusiast and professional to the experienced academic. That in itself is a worthy accomplishment. Few readers will be able to devote the time to reading from cover to cover in one go, but the book is divided under logical headings, to enable the reader to work through from the being over a number of days, or to pick and choose sections out of strict chronological sequence. Having read all of the information, the reader will have a well-grounded understanding of a conflict on a scale at least equal to the bitter trench warfare of WWI. There is probably no other book that achieves this for what was a critical part of the conflict that the Germans began in 1939. Stalin was prepared to fight to the last Russian life outside his close group of cronies and it is unlikely that any Soviet family was left untouched as troops were raised, roughly trained and thrown into the mincer. Life was little different for the Germans as they expended resources at an unsustainable rate, to then suffer in the Soviet occupation zone until the fall of the USSR in the late 1980s. This is a book that should be read even by those who do not have a keen interest in the Eastern Front, because the final result of the battles was a Soviet dominance and ruthless exploitation of the nations of Central and Eastern Europe in the years following the final defeat of Nazi Germany by a Soviet regime that was every bit as repulsive and criminal.